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March 05 2018 0Comment

Things to Do Before Gutting a Home

Put down the sledgehammer unless you’ve already got these covered. Do you have a bit of a fixer upper on your hands? Or maybe you’re just ready for a major change? Remodeling your home can be a lot of work, but the results, when done well, are well worth it. Before you get too excited […]

February 05 2018 0Comment

First Time Home Buyers

Here’s what every first-time home buyer needs to know to buying a house with confidence and with as few curveballs as possible. Figure out how much home you can afford first before you go home shopping. Homes can cost a bundle, so odds are you’ll need a home loan to foot the bill, along with […]

January 18 2018 0Comment

Structure Wiring pt. 3

Why so Many Wires? So far, the structured wiring system described does not offer much beyond a house’s standard wiring. This is where the second cable and phone lines become important. The first cable line carries a signal from the control box to the wall plate —for example, a satellite TV signal. The second cable […]

January 13 2018 0Comment

Tear Down or Renovate

If I have a choice between renovation and teardown, how do I decide? Usually the key factors are the current condition of the house and what you want out of a new house. Older homes can have severe problems that make them financially unfeasible to repair, such as heavy infestations of mold or pests, extensive […]

January 13 2018 0Comment

Structured Wiring pt. 2

As a starting point, it is useful to think of a structured wiring system in terms of a house’s electrical system. Electricity flows into the house through a main power cable. This cable connects to a circuit breaker box, where it is separated and sent down smaller electric lines. These lines wind their way through […]

January 06 2018 0Comment

Structured Wiring pt. 1

What Is Structured Wiring? Structured wiring is a generic term used to describe many different types of residential wiring products currently on the market. These products all have the same basic purpose: to efficiently distribute a variety of data signals throughout your home. Signal types supported range from familiar ones, such as cable television and […]

January 06 2018 0Comment

BIM in Residential Construction

BIM used by a growing percentage of architects, BIM is certainly going to be the normal way of doing business in the construction of commercial buildings. I suspect it will used in the design of apartment buildings and large scale residential projects also.  But will companies need to supply BIM files for products used in […]

January 06 2018 0Comment

From the Ground Up: Framing

A frame is the skeleton of a house. If the frame is strong, it provides the necessary support for everything that follows. But if it’s weak, no amount of expensive finishes will hide the flaws: Those perfectly plastered walls will begin to crack every time a door slams, the granite countertops will gradually fall out […]

January 03 2018 0Comment

Generators Investing against Power Outages

Why a Home Generator? A standby home generator keeps your power on during an outage. It’s installed outside your house (like an AC unit) and comes on automatically — whether you’re home or away. All within seconds of a power outage. Plus home generators run on propane or natural gas, so there’s no refueling.  During […]

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